Friday, June 11, 2004

PV cells are costly

The cost of building a two-kilowatt system is disputed. Environment California says it would cost $10,000 and because of tax incentives and savings on monthly power bills, the net cost would be next to nothing for the homeowner. Advocates say it is important to equip homes with solar systems at the time they are built because it is more expensive to do so afterwards.

I am all for solar power, wind power, geothermal power, tidal power, bio-mass electric generation plants, cow milking machines that are ran on methane which comes from the own cows decomposing poop., and ethanol.

I don't really care about the environment, because eventually we will have the technology to fix it if we want to. I concentrate more on the national security issues. Total energy independence would remove the need to care what happens to the middle east, allow us to export that technology to other countries for a profit, increase our ability to push reforms in the middle ease, and a host of other benefits with very little drawbacks.

But you have to be able to afford the technology, before real people will get it. Real people have to get the technology before it will make a difference.

It seems to me that if it were feasible to use house to generate their own power, a company could pay people to put these things on their houses, and they would get so much per watt. Then the company could sell the power at a slightly higher price to the power company, once the cost of the PV cells, taxes, payments to the people who own the houses, and so forth were done, a person could pocket some money.

That is a great idea, think that if you are reading this, you should copy it down, work out a business model and do it.



Brian said...

A few things:

1. Hey, thanks for the link! That's cool. I've been meaning to get a blogroll working; I'll be sure to put y'all on it when it's finished.

2. I started to write a comment on your post here but it got extremely long; I'm posting part of it to my blog instead. I'll definitely link back here in my post.

3. Wrt your post: There are actually people that already do something similar. A friend of mine in California has a couple of windmills on her property. During the day, her power demand is too high and she draws power from the mills and from the grid. At night, the mills are still going but her power demand is nil; her windmills pump their power into the grid. Her meter actually runs backward at night. Of course, this would work differently with solar cells, which wouldn't be functional at night. The concept holds, though.

Keep up the good work!


Anonymous said...

Hiya Cubicle!
Julie Here... Just wanted to say hi and I'm glad to read your posts. Seems everyones blogging now.. even T! Finally talk her into that cell phone? LOL.
Gotta get back to work in my cubicle, er the dungeon also known as a basement... but thanks for visiting my friend's site!

Cubicle said...

hah hah, i have more comments than strewdress.